I have thought about blogging about auditions for a long time, but never came around to it until now. I think I should begin one for those who are oft...
Mandarin's First Blog to the World of Auditions
May 10, 2014
Auditions & Cosmetics Modeling?
May 12, 2014
Today was a bit of an interesting day, a line of events occurred...
I got a call from casting for MAC cosmetics, with interest of me being part of event modeling/dancing with referral through another dance colleague. MAC has great interest in me, particularly me being an Asian to promote multi-racial representation, which I appreciate. Although, because of my hair length, I was not to be casted for this particular event. Yet, I was a perfect match for their standard of 5'7" tall, size 4, a good face, being a professional dancer, and available for the event. So it didn't feel right after we hung up, and I thought for a moment - I needed this job and they like me, so why would hair be such an issue? I then called casting back and said if they needed long hair I would gladly provide my own wig or get an extension (I have always been comfortable dancing and performing in wigs). So now I am awaiting for reply to what the superiors decides to do about me. Send me good energy in getting this $1400 2-day gig.
The moral - don't allow opportunities to slip by when it is obvious that both parties are interested in each other, think to make it work.
May 14th UPDATE: I got the work, and also got another case for the next weekend, so double the $$.
Next today I emailed back my information and release form for another potential modeling related work, a photo shoot for a new magazine focusing on cosmetics (yet again). I have never imagined myself a model really, but with my habit of submitting to things that I might be able to do, I was pleasantly surprised when these response came. What really helped this time was good timing - I recently got new head shots/street shots/artistic shots (see gallery) and I am at my best shape. Please wish me in also getting this $1200 gig. I sure need some $$ for NY rent.
May 14th UPDATE: I also got this job, the same day that MAC called me back to hire me.
Professional Head Shots & Website:
For those of you getting into this business, you must get professional shots. It is best you get updated head shots at least every two years. It is a must to invest in this. If you do not have money, find ways to make it work - i.e. make photography friends (perhaps photography students just starting out like you) and make a barter with him/her/them. It is also important to have your own website. I got my Verizon Wireless commercial gig because of it. Friend of friend of friend who works in an ad agency suddenly needed someone for fill in for a speaking part, and I was the one before I knew about it. Having a website can be extremely helpful.
Beauty and the Beast (musical) EPA/ECC and ECC Dancers' Call at Musical Theatre West
The picture above was taken after my EPA/ECC combined singers call. This easy outfit is professional and appropriate for auditions - it is comfortable and simple with a little pop of color and patterned. I love it even more that this entire outfit is less than $60. There is no need to spend tons of money on audition outfits, the key is looking put together.
Shoes...there has been a lot of arguments about whether to wear high heels or how high a heel should be for auditions. Well, let's say for me, I am super comfortable to sing in a 3 or 4 inch heel more so than not since I dance in 3 inch character shoes all the time. So without having heels for me actually makes me feel less supported and/or not being able to get into my persona so much. My opinion in general is to definitely wear heels, because it give you height and shapes your legs nicely. Although, it is not a good idea that your shoes are so ridiculously high that you can't even walk naturally. If flats work for you, that is good, too. Some shows, such as The King and I, do not include heels, so it might be appropriate that way. Last great advice on shoes, especially for the money savers, is to invest in a pair of good and comfortable pair of nude shoes. The nude color not only will it extend your leg lines, it is neutral, so it will go with every outfit.
The audition experience:
Well, let's just say it was a little bit disappointing. It was not on my performance that was disappointing (I always have the confidence and perform well consistently), but rather, it was due to an event. It didn't feel too good when I was told that I should not be in the dance call because I wasn't asked to stay after singing. So did this mean, only those who did not sing earlier can do the dance audition? Even as a good intention to have me not waste my time, perhaps they have decided already I was not suitable in their eye or the show, that sort of comment is very much against Equity rules and basic principles of the audition etiquette. Since these are separate EQUITY audition calls (one for singing and one for dancing), it is my right as an auditionee, especially as an Equity member, to go both as I wish. I would have been alright if I am not chosen to not be chosen, but one cannot deny my right to audition. We were still let into the dance audition, but it was uncomfortable after the fact such thing happened (still you slap on a smile). This was unprofessional. I shall file a complaint to Equity about this. Anyhow, enough said. Still, thankful for the experience and to be dancing. Peace...